The Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Archives) offers visitors a special insight into the life and work of the Dutch painter George Hendrik Breitner. The archive presents nearly a hundred sketchbooks from the artist to illustrate the emergence of Breitner's paintings and watercolors in which he captured the Amsterdam city life.
Breitner preferred working-class models: laborers, servant girls and people from lower-class neighborhoods. He saw himself as 'le peintre du peuple', the people's painter. In 1886, he moved to Amsterdam, where he recorded the life of the city in sketches, paintings and photos. Breitner often collaborated with Isaac Israels; both painters are refered to as Amsterdam Impressionists.
The exhibition ‘Breitner sketches Amsterdam’ contains works from the collections of the Rijksmuseum, Teylers Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Kröller-Müller Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The exhibition runs through February 1, 2015.